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Ami Yamasaki, Charlie Collins and Derek Saw

November 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

£1 – £5

Ami Yamasaki (voice), Charlie Collins (percussion) & Derek Saw (brass)

Not only Yamasaki’s UK debut, but also the 50th anniversary of Collins first involvement with live improvisation – a double celebration.

UNspellable is a new concert series promoted by ame, taking place around Huddersfield in 2019/20. Featuring both UK based and international artists the program presents a wide range of infinitely fascinating but awkwardly unclassifiable contemporary music – including improvisation, contemporary composition, electronic, sound art, and electro-pop.

Acclaimed vocalist Ami Yamasaki is making her UK debut in a series of concerts with composer/percussionist Charlie Collins. This performance, part of ame’s UNspellable series, will be a double celebration, marking not only Yamasaki’s UK debut, but also the 50th anniversary of Collins first involvement with live improvised music – Saw being his longest musical partner (45 years) and Yamasaki his shortest (a debut performance).

AMI YAMASAKI is a vocalist and cross-media artist from Tokyo. She creates installations, performance pieces, and films. With primal vocals and movement, Yamasaki explores the relationship between us and our universe. Her art explores a fundamental question: “How does the world 

Yamasaki sings as she works, and the patterns she creates are a direct response to acoustic feedback she receives. She sings, and listens, and “little by little, the space begins to make its own music.” As a vocalist she has collaborated with psychedelic rock icon Keiji Haino, Yasnao Tone, Ryuchi Sakamoto, Ikue Mori, Carl Stone, and Ned Rothenberg among many others, and provided original music for choreographer Makoto Matsushima. Her elaborate installations have been featured in art spaces across Japan, while her short films have evoked a passionate response, and received critical acclaim.

CHARLIE COLLINS is a creative percussionist, free polyrhythmic drummer, and sound artist, based in Sheffield, UK. His work continues to explore the boundaries between pure sound and rhythm, frequently incorporating metal percussion and free improvisation.

During the 1970s he was involved in the nascent “Industrial” scene, being an early member of ClockDVA, and founder of The Box, recording for cult labels Industrial, Fetish, and Doublevision, a period soon followed by collaboration with many of the pioneers of free improvisation. More recently he has been a regular member of alto saxophonist Sonny Simmons Quartet, has a duo with New York trumpet legend Ted Daniel, and has toured and recorded with the Linda Sharrock Group.

His lifelong interest in East Asian percussion and rhythm technique is displayed in current work with komungo player Eun-Jung Kim, pianist Yoko Miura, visual artist Bongsu Park, composer Ryoko Akama, vocalist Ami Yamasaki, and Butoh dancers Tsukasa Kamidate and Mushimaru Fujieda.

He is one of a handful of musicians to have played both Derek Bailey’s Company Week and Top Of The Pops. 

DEREK SAW has worked in free improvisation and at the cutting edges of experimental music since his move to Sheffield, UK. He was a member of legendary electric free/jazz group Bass Tone Trap, and in the mid eighties co-founded the respected Hornweb quartet, while also organising his own Rhythm Division, which included drummer Paul Hession. Most recently he has worked with thereminist Beatrix Ward-Fernandez on her Trio project, and collaborated with internationally acclaimed artists Sonny Simmons, Gino Robair, Linda Sharrock, Anton Mobin, Yoko Miura, Eun-Jung Kim, and Ryoko Akama.


November 13, 2019
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
£1 – £5


Small Seeds
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire HD1 2UD United Kingdom
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